There is a growing trend on the left of marketing adult-oriented and explicit drag queen shows as being for “all ages” or “kid-” and “family-friendly” when anyone with common sense and basic morality can plainly see that such performances are anything but.
A Christmas-themed drag show is ending its nationwide tour with several scheduled performances in Florida, but it has now been met with an investigation and warnings of potential consequences and even criminal liability, Breitbart reported.
Florida’s Department of Business and Professional Regulation announced the investigation following reports and complaints about the Christmas drag show performance on Monday in Ft. Lauderdale.
Florida’s DBPR “is actively investigating this matter”
At issue is a show called “A Drag Queen Christmas” that performed in Ft. Lauderdale on Monday and in Miami on Tuesday, and had its final performances scheduled for Orlando on Wednesday and in Clearwater on Thursday.
Bryan Griffin, a spokesman for Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL), shared on Tuesday a statement from Florida’s DBPR about how it was “aware of multiple complaints about a sexually explicit marketed to children” in Ft. Lauderdale and that it “is actively investigating this matter, including video footage and photographs from the event. DBPR will, like in other cases, take action.”
“Exposing children to sexually explicit activity is a crime in Florida, and such action violates the Department’s licensing standards for operating a business and holding a liquor license,” the statement continued. “The Department will share any collected evidence with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) for potential criminal liability.”
The statement concluded, “The Department frequently conducts investigations into these matters upon tips provided by the public, and we thank the public for continuing to bring attention to these incidents. Investigations of such allegations will remain a priority for the Department and, indeed, are ongoing.”
At least one venue heeded the warning
It was further revealed by conservative activist Robby Starbuck that Florida’s DBPR sent a letter to the Miami venue that hosted the drag show Tuesday night to warn that it risked losing its licenses and potentially faced criminal liability if it didn’t act to ensure that minors were prohibited from attending the sexually explicit performance.
I’ve obtained this letter that was sent to the venue hosting the touring all ages Christmas drag show tonight in Miami. The Florida DBPR warned them: “In short, if you allow children to attend the Drag Fans drag show at your facility, you are putting your license in jeopardy.” pic.twitter.com/lDfSLfcnSn
— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) December 28, 2022
It is unclear if the Miami venue made the necessary change, but Starbuck shared in a follow-up tweet that the Clearwater venue did indeed receive the message and altered its information to denote the “adult themes and content” of the performance and how it was now “limited to patrons 18 years of age or older” and that “proof of age will be required” for admission.
DeSantis said drag shows involving children are “disturbing”
Florida’s Voice News reported that this actually isn’t the first time that Florida’s DBPR has been compelled to take action in response to sexually explicit drag show performances that involved minors.
In July, the DBPR served a formal complaint against a bar in Miami that hosted such a show at which children were present and interacted with by the performers — an incident that Gov. DeSantis had called “disturbing.”
“We said wait a minute, having kids involved in this is wrong. That is not consistent with our law and policy in the state of Florida. And it is a disturbing trend in our society to try to sexualize these young people,” the governor said at that time. “That is not the way you look out for our children. You protect children. You do not expose them to things that are inappropriate.”
To be sure, if mature and consenting adults want to watch men dress as women and perform in sexually provocative ways, that is fine and they can enjoy themselves to the fullest if that is their thing. But a line must be drawn when it comes to exposing young children to such sexually explicit behavior, and it appears that Florida is willing to draw and defend that line for the sake of the kids.